Dear Parents/Carers

 

As a part of our Ethos of creating unimagined futures, we now have the fantastic opportunity to welcome a student counsellor on board at Stone Soup Academy, starting on the 12th November 2020. 

 

Children often receive emotional support by talking to someone they trust, such as friends, teachers, a relative or a neighbour but sometimes that is not possible for a variety of reasons. Having a problem can affect a child’s behaviour and progress/attainment in school, a school counsellor can help. 

 

Counselling will provide an opportunity for students to talk about things that are concerning them; counsellors are good at relating to children and are trained to listen without judging them. This can help your child to improve the way they feel about themselves and support your child to deal with life situations and incidents such as stress, anxiety, self-harm, bereavement, relationship issues, anger etc. With the current pandemic and all of the uncertainties it brings, our counselling service could not have come at a better time.

 

We will be offering weekly sessions and a drop in service. Counselling is completely voluntary and delivered with a person-centred approach, meaning the sessions will be led solely by the student. Sessions are confidential and the counsellor will not discuss what a child has said to them in the sessions unless there is concern for their well-being or safeguarding. If there are any concerns that a child or someone they know may be at risk or in danger, the counsellor will need to follow our safeguarding procedures.

We know that this will be a great addition to our pastoral support of our students and we hope that they make use of this opportunity. 

If you have any queries or questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s personal coach.

 

Kind regards

Kerrie Henton

Principal

Stone Soup Academy

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